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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 18, 2010 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pigpen's would-have-been later career

"I didn't want to play, didn't want to go out on the road. Confused, unbalanced, I wanted to flee and hide, bury my head and cry. I stopped touring with the Grateful Dead in 1971 and went to ground at the Barn. ...

"The band didn't blame me for Lenny's thievery, they made that clear. They even kept paying me, treating my departure as a leave of absence that would end whenever I managed to pin to the ground the demons I was wrestling. Whenever I was ready I was welcome back.

"Three years would pass. Looking back it was like an atonement. having spent three years going deeper into volume and noise, I was now sentenced to three years of silence and noise - the noise of insects singing in the garden at night, the trees creaking in the wind. ...

"The heartbeat of the ranch was the pump - the gurgling throb of water... The longer I lived at the ranch the more I became attuned to the pump's song... In fact, one of my first attempt's at musical composition was a song built around the rhythm of the pump; it later received the title. 'The Greatest Story Ever Told'."

Mickey Hart, Drumming at the Edge of Magic

This post was modified by robthewordsmith on 2010-09-18 20:10:57

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Poster: advokat Date: Sep 18, 2010 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hijack to wordsmith


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Poster: Reade Date: Sep 18, 2010 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pigpen's would-have-been later career

Thank you. Never ran across that book.
EDIT: Or that article!

This post was modified by Reade on 2010-09-18 20:32:00

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